Oyo govt., NSCDC partner to end illegal mining


By Stephen Gbadamosi

The Oyo State government has said it is ready to strengthen collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in tackling illegal mining in the state.

A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Dotun Oyelade, on Tuesday, notes that the Director-General, Oyo State Mineral Development Agency, Hon. Abiodun Oni, said this in Ibadan, the state capital, on Monday when he paid a visit to the commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Michael Adaralewa.

Oni was quoted as saying that the NSCDC was a strategic partner in the fight against illegal mining in the state, adding that the visit was geared towards stopping stealing and irregularities in the state mining sector by illegal miners.

Oni stated that the state government would not allow “the illegal act of stealing and irregularities going on in the mining sector by some individuals.”

He added that the Oyo State government was ready to sanitise the state mining sector through the Mining Act and all relevant laws.

The DG appreciated the NSCDC,Oyo State Command, for its support during the previous enforcement exercise in the state mining sector.

He further urged the state command to put more efforts in its support, adding that illegal miners were on rampage, with the belief that they could not be caught.

In his reply, Commandant of Oyo State NSCDC Command, Commandant, Adaralewa, appreciated the state government for its support in the provisions of security cars, vans and gadgets, among others.

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He urged the state government to dedicate more security equipment, such as security cars, gadgets, guns and other logistics for the fight against the illegal miners.

The Commandant promised the NSCDC, Oyo Command’s readiness to partner with the state government in the fight against illegal miners.

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